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Research Opportunities




Click here for SPRING 2016 SOC GEN undergraduate research opportunities

OR go to http://socgen.ucla.edu/research/ which identifies current, active ISG research projects.  Contact the faculty member associated with the project and ask if he or she needs undergraduate help.

General Information about undergraduate research opportunities:

SRP 99: Freshmen and sophomores interested in course credit for research should explore the UCLA Student Research Program (SRP), http://www.ucla.edu/research/undergraduate-research, which advertises projects in either arts/humanities/social sciences or the sciences.   Enrollment in course SRP 99 yields 1-2 units, graded Pass/No Pass.   On the SRP website, you will find links to various workshops including how to get started in research through SRP course 99 (http://www.ugresearchsci.ucla.edu/srpdates.htm and http://www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/urhass/workshops.htm).

Departmental course 196 and 199: Juniors and Seniors might pursue a research apprenticeship (course 196) or directed research (course 199).  These courses typically yield 2-4 units, letter graded.  The onus is on the student to search for a research project and faculty member to serve as your supervisor.  Here are some ways you might search:

  • http://socgen.ucla.edu/research/ links you to active ISG research projects.  If you see something you like, then ask the associated faculty member if they need undergraduate assistance.
  • look at other UCLA department websites for research projects and faculty contacts.
  • http://www.research.ucla.edu/labs/index.htm lists other UCLA research centers and institutes.
  • professors or guest lecturers who impressed you with their research – ask them if they need an undergrad research assistant.

SOC GEN 196 (apprenticeship) and 199 (directed research) differ mainly in workload and units.

  • SOC GEN 196 = light load… 2 units, letter graded, 4-6 hours/week, no paper required.  Limit two quarters of enrollment.
  • SOC GEN 199 = heavy load… 4 units, letter grade, 8-20 hours/week, 10-15 page paper required.  No limit to # quarters enrollment.

Course 196 and 199 in other departments might be defined slightly differently, and you could read their course descriptions via this webpage, http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/schedule/catsel.aspx.

Contract Courses: Courses 99 and 196-199 are contract courses.  Once you have identified a research project and the supervising faculty member has agreed to take you, then you need to complete a contract.  (SOC GEN 195CE is also a contract course, but instead of the following the bullets below, you will contact our SOC GEN 195CE internship coordinator — see http://www.uei.ucla.edu/communitylearninginternships.htm.)

For contracts other than SOC GEN 195CE:

  • go to www.my.ucla.edu.  Under ‘CLASSES’ select ‘CONTRACT COURSES’ and supply the information requested.  NOTE: choose letter grade option, if you want to use these units to satisfy HBS major or SOC GEN minor program requirements.
  • Print contract
  • Have the faculty mentor named on the contract sign it.  You do NOT also need department chair’s signature.
  • Turn signed contract in to the relevant department before end of Week 2.  (Bring SOC GEN course contracts to 3360C Life Sciences Building.)
SRP/SOC GEN 99 Student Research Program. 1-2 units. Pass/NP. http://www.ucla.edu/research/undergraduate-research FROSH and SOPH Undergrad research opportunities for undergrads in their 1st or 2nd year.
SOC GEN 188 SA/SB/SC Individual Studies for USIE Facilitators http://www.uei.ucla.edu/usie.htm JR and SR Year-long program run by Univ Education Initiatives.  Apply in spring for following year’s USIE program. SOC GEN 188SA/SB/SC will fully satisfy the internship requirement of the HBS major or one HBS elective.
SOC GEN 189HC Honors Contracts http://www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/honors/contracts.html JR and SR Supplemental work/study as adjunct to upper div lecture course.
SOC GEN 195CE Community or Corporate Internship. 4 units. 8hrs/wk. Letter grade. http://www.uei.ucla.edu/communitylearning.htm HBS majors only Internship in professional setting. Meetings with internship coordinator. Paper required. One quarter (4 units) fully satisfies the HBS major program’s internship/apprenticeship/research requirement.  If two quarters, then 2nd can count as one HBS elective.
SOC GEN 196 Research Apprenticeship. 2 units. 4-7 hrs/wk.  Letter grade. Limit 2 quarters. http://socgen.ucla.edu/research/ JR and SR Research assistance provided to faculty member. No paper required. Two quarters (2+2=4 units) fully satisfies the HBS major program’s internship/apprenticeship/research requirement or one elective for HBS major or SOC GEN minor.
SOC GEN 197 Individual Studies. 4 units.8hrs/wk.Letter grade. http://socgen.ucla.edu/people/ JR and SR Individual intensive study and meetings with faculty member. Research paper required. Each quarter (4 units) counts as an elective for HBS major or SOC GEN minor.
SOC GEN 199 Directed Research. 4 units. 8-20 hrs/wk. Letter grade. http://socgen.ucla.edu/research/ JR and SR Research assistance provided to faculty member. Paper required. Each quarter (4 units) counts as an elective for HBS major or SOC GEN minor.


Past Apprenticeships (SOC GEN 196 or 199):

  • WINTER 2016: How do Racists Understand Genetics?; Modeling the Evolution of Technology; History of Food Biotechnology;  Personalized Medicine and Genomics: New Persons, Diagnosis, and Institutions
  • FALL 2015: History of Public Mental Health; Modeling the Evolution of Technology
  • FALL 2014: History of Public Mental Health; Modeling the Evolution of Technology
  • SPRING 2014: Historical Studies in Genetics and Bioinformatics
  • WINTER 2014: Shifting Understandings of Autism and the Environment in Science & Society; Popular Descriptions of Environmental Epigenetics; Historical studies in mid-century genetics and bio-informatics; Bone Marrow Recruitment and Registration
  • FALL 2013: Clinical Exome Sequencing/discussion of results; Environmental dysregulation of germline function in C. elegans; Deaf Genetics Projects/Cancer Genetics Education for the Deaf Community
  • WINTER 2013: Causal Understandings of Autism & Environmental Epigenetics
  • FALL 2012: Sex in Sports; Phylogenetics and Biogeography of Neotropical Primates
  • SPRING 2012: Oral History of Human Genetics; Forensic DNA and Human Rights in Latin America; Evolution of Anatomy in Mammals; History of Sexual Genetics
  • WINTER 2012: Cross-species relationships in sympatric Amazonian capuchin monkeys; Phylogenetics and Biogeography of Neotropical Primates; Cooperative Breeding in Patrilocal Societies; The Art of Aging: Aging and Science in Film, TV, and Advertising; History of Japanese Genetics
  • FALL 2011: Genetic screening and prospective studies of human populations 1950s – 1980s; Oral History of Human Genetics; Paternity, Fertility and Investment among the Himba of NW Namibia; Forensic DNA and human rights in Latin America; NanoBio + Art online social network; Racial Taxonomies in Biomedical Genomics Research; Evaluating Health Disparities in the Deaf Community
  • SPRING 2011: “Water Bodies”/develop a hybrid social network that will be a resource of information and activism in relation to the state of water – globally.
  • WINTER 2011: Evolution of bat coloration and roosting ecology; Model organism newsletters, cooperation and community in genetics and developmental biology; Genetic Studies of Human Population; Cross-species relationships in sympatric Amazonian capuchin monkeys; URC/SRP 99 project: Maternal effects shaping social network traits in yellow-bellied marmots